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Academy pupils lead the way with climate awareness action afternoon




A village school held a climate awareness event which was run and organised entirely by Year 6 pupils.

On Monday, pupils from West Row Academy, in Beeches Road, transformed their school hall into a scene Greta Thunberg would have been proud of.

Amelia Back, Year 6 teacher, said: “The children have been learning about the environment through school values and they said they wanted to do something that would raise awareness of climate change and make it better.

West Row Academy held a climate awareness event with Year 6 students making speeches and creating posters. Picture by Mecha Morton.
West Row Academy held a climate awareness event with Year 6 students making speeches and creating posters. Picture by Mecha Morton.

“It has all been independent.”

Different activities were set up around the hall and parents of the children were invited to attend the event to see what the youngsters had come up with.

A recycling corner was set up, as well as ‘how many ways you can use a glass jar’.

Pupils also made information leaflets which were given out to parents.

A letter was also sent to MP Matt Hancock from the students asking if anything could be changed on a government level.

Year 6 pupil Connie Roe said: “I felt thrilled and excited that he wrote back to me. hHe said that there was going to be a big change by 2030 to try and sort stuff out then.”

Miss Back said: “It was all their own ideas.”

“This year, all of our classes were named after famous environmentalists.”

The school has also introduced several measures to try to reduce its own carbon footprint.

This includes going completely glitter free for Christmas and carrying this on throughout subsequent years as a permanent rule.

The school also has a recycling crisp packet scheme, as well as upcycling clothes.

During the summer, the children also organised their own litter picks and a ‘saving the bees’ initiative.

Miss Back said everything the school now did was reviewed to make sure they were as green as they could be.

“I don’t think Year 6 will let me stop completely,” she said.

An eco-club is run in ‘Friday time to shine’ groups – a 30-minute extra-curricular session where the children can choose which activities they want to get involved with.

“This is in order to empower them,” said Miss Back

Harry Dring, parent governor said: “I think it’s been great, it is very pleasing to see the children leading the way.”


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